Journal of Southeast Asian Studies

A journal publishing scholarly articles on Southeast Asia (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, East Timor, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam). Embraces several academic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. In

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 2, June

Books Received
Asia Songs for Siva: Vacanas of Akka Mahadevi Translated by VINAYA CHAITANYA Lanham, MD: Akamira Press, 2005 Cross culture and faith: The life and work of James Mellon Menzies By LINFU DONG Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005 Beyond...
'Died in the Service of Portugal': Legitimacy of Authority and Dynamics of Group Identity among the Atsabe Kemak in East Timor
As one enters the East Timorese town of Atsabe, the administrative centre of the subdistrict with the same name, one quickly notices a newly built, large, elaborate grave, paved with white tiles and adorned with fresh flowers. The grave seems out of...
Export Commodity and Regional Currency: The Role of Chinese Copper Coins in the Melaka Straits, Tenth to Fourteenth Centuries
Throughout the Song and Yuan periods (960-1368), Chinese copper coins played an important role as an instrument of maritime trade in the transactions between China and its foreign trading partners. The divisibility of copper coin, due to its low value...
Indonesia 1939-1942: Prelude to the Japanese Occupation
On 17 August 1945, two days after Japan surrendered, Indonesia declared independence and a national revolution ensued. Since then it has become a historiographical convention to view the Japanese occupation as a prelude to Indonesian independence....
Local Integration and Coastal Connections in Interior Kalimantan: The Case of the Nalin Taun Ritual among the Bentian
The nalin taun is a community ritual which is practised by the Luangan Dayaks--the Bentian, Benuaq and Tunjung--of the province of East Kalimantan in Indonesian Borneo. (1) According to the information of older people in the Bentian villages where...
Reflections on the 'Disappearing Sakai': A Tribal Minority in Southern Thailand
'They will all run away from you and disappear into the forest' (1) My title is deliberately ambiguous: the minority tribal groups generally known in Thai as 'Sakai' have long been declared to be 'disappearing' demographically; and at the same time,...
The Domination of a Fussy Strongman in Provincial Thailand: The Case of Banharn Silpa-Archa in Suphanburi
One consequence of democratization in post-1973 Thailand has been the political prominence of allegedly corrupt provincial bosses, including violence-prone godfathers (chao pho). Several leading scholars of provincial Thai politics, such as James Ockey,...
The Position of Islam in the Constitution of Malaysia
Article 3 (1) of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia states that Islam is the religion of the Federation. (1) This provision has drawn considerable debate in recent years from scholars, politicians, lawyers and the general public in Malaysia. Varied...
Women, Westernization and the Origins of Modern Vietnamese Theatre
Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, magazines, newspapers and novels burst off the presses in Vietnamese cities at extraordinary rates. (1) As cities expanded and a small but not insignificant urban Vietnamese middle class emerged, city dwellers had to...
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